Paralysis in Westminster

There has been so much publicity about the woes of the Conservative Party, it would appear to the untrained eye that all the other political parties face the Government united and ready for battle.

If only. British politics has never been more divided in most of our living memories, and no one party is in a more resilient position than the next. Just today, John Woodcock resigned from the Labour Party to sit as an independent and veteran MP Margaret Hodge launched an astonishingly public attack on leader Jeremy Corbyn. In a slightly bizarre move the party have chosen to keep this in the forefront of reporting by disciplining her through official channels – meaning an investigation which will attract even more publicity. Week in and week out Corbyn misses the spot at PMQs – today May was widely seen as winning the battle despite having experienced a torrid week in Westminster. And they are no clearer on what they would want from a Brexit deal than the Conservative Party, which so many people seem to forget as these divisions do not garner as many column inches as the internal woes of the Government.

Then there are the Liberal Democrats, the party with the most clearly defined position on Brexit. Two party elders didn’t think enough of the vote on Monday to actually be in the Commons, thus handing victory to May; if only their diaries had been managed better. Their profile is no better than before the General Election and their impact on politics is deemed to be minimal at best.

One could say at least the SNP seem like a decent bunch, common party lines and clear policy positions – but for most people who live in the UK, they feel disengaged from the Scottish Nationalists as their agenda is so narrow.

So is Anna Soubry on to a good thing – would a Government of National Unity be a better option than anything on offer at the moment.犀利士
Perhaps in a utopian scenario, but our two main political parties are so far apart on so many fundamental policy areas, it is just not feasible. So we have to look back to the current political farce to try to find someone to run a Government and deliver Brexit. And therein lies the problem, many a politician might think they can do that, but the reality is much harder than it first appears. And for the public, this is simply not a way to run a country or hold a Government to account.

The exasperation with all things Westminster is plain to see – and as things get worse, the public becomes further disillusioned and disengaged. Perhaps starting summer recess a week early might have been a good idea after all.